Definition of hiatus
- the weedy hiatus between the town and the railroad
- —Willa Cather
- the hiatus between the theory and the practice of the party
- —J. G. Colton
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The band is making an album again after a five-year hiatus.
steam was rising from an hiatus in the ground
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Hiatus comes from "hiare," a Latin verb meaning "to gape" or "to yawn," and first appeared in English in the middle of the 16th century. Originally, the word referred to a gap or opening in something, such as a cave opening in a cliff. In the 18th century, Laurence Sterne used the word humorously in his novel Tristram Shandy, writing of "the hiatus in Phutatorius's breeches." These days, "hiatus" is usually used in a temporal sense to refer to a pause or interruption (as in a song), or a period during which an activity is temporarily suspended (such as a hiatus from teaching).
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